Key Democrats decide to keep their positions
In protest of the Grand National Party’s passage of controversial media industry reform laws in July, Representatives Chun Jung-bae and Choi Moon-soon had submitted resignations to the National Assembly Speaker Kim Hyong-o. Representative Jang Se-hwan followed suit in October when the Constitutional Court ruled that the passages were legitimate.
Kim, however, has not processed the resignations. The trio had stayed outside the National Assembly since then, refusing to take part in legislative activities.
In a press conference yesterday, the three said they will change strategy and return to the legislature.
“In order to fight more strongly and effectively against the Lee Myung-bak administration’s tyranny, we will return to the legislature,” they said in a joint statement. “We have accepted the advise of other lawmakers, political mentors and civic groups that it is more effective and practical for us to act inside the National Assembly to defend press freedom and democracy and bring victory to the party in the June local elections.” They also urged the Democratic Party to overcome their defeatism, promising that they will initiate reforms.
The three lawmakers will join the opposition parties’ campaign to oppose the Lee administration’s plan to create a new development plan for Sejong City. The three are all members of the National Assembly’s Culture, Sports, Tourism and Broadcasting Committee and they will join legislative activities in February.
As the three DP heavyweights return, speculations are growing that Chung Sye-kyun - chairman of the Democratic Party who had also declared his decision to give up his lawmaker seat in July - will also return to the legislature. In his interview with Yonhap News yesterday, Chung, however, said he has not yet made up his mind.
By Ser Myo-ja [email@example.com]
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